Space as Dec­o­ra­tion

The empty spa­ces in Paul Ru­dolph’s homes were not gaps he for­got to fill in, but not every­one un­der­stood this.

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“Paul mas­tered his draw­ings to con­vey the sense of space in his de­signs, the most im­por­tant as­pect, which could eas­ily just look like a lack of de­sign,” Christo­pher and Joseph write.

For Paul, space was just as im­por­tant as the build­ing ma­te­rial—if not more. Thank­fully, part­ner Ralph Twitchell agreed, be­liev­ing that open space and nat­u­ral el­e­ments outdo flashy dé­cor.

“Now we do not or­na­ment, we are in the new age—the age of air—and we use sun­shine and color pen­e­trat­ing sur­faces. It is not a new style but a new ba­sic prin­ci­ple,” Ralph said.

Space was not an ex­per­i­ment for the two—it was their de­sign prin­ci­ple.

Many were hes­i­tant to jump on board Paul and Ralph’s ar­chi­tec­tural rev­o­lu­tion. More space meant less pri­vacy, and Paul threw around the term “gold­fish bowl” to de­scribe his projects. De­spite this hes­i­ta­tion, Paul did not want the in­te­rior of his de­signs to be hid­den from on­look­ers.

“The life of the house was in­tended to be ob­served as the­ater,” Paul said. Paul had an in­ten­tion for ev­ery space in his de­signs, whether it was for de­sign or the­atrics.

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